The price of the Kindle book is set by the publisher and cannot be discounted by Amazon. Amazon can set the price of the hardback. Nothing is ever priced according to the cost of production - it's priced according to what people will pay - that is how businesses make a profit.
"it's priced according to what people will pay" I'll pay the cheaper price. I WANT the Kindle version, but as it costs them so much NOT to buy Paper, Ink and Bindings; I think I'll go for the hardback.
If you pre-order it now, and by the time it comes out the price has gone done, Amazon refund you the difference. They do it with me all the time. Pre-ordering means you are not paying until the actual book comes out, so you can always just cancel it and no money is taken out, so no refund. But it's worth pre-ordering so that when it does come out you won't miss it when it sells out - because believe me, this will sell out very fast.
And that would be a disaster, considering it will be impossible to do any reprints and the Kindle version can only be downloaded a limited number of times before the Amazon servers explode. Now, what planet am I living on...
Actually, at the moment it costs publishers more to produce ebooks. This is a problem because the consumer expects to pay less for not receiving a physical product. Until the technology used to make ebooks becomes less expensive, a publisher's profit margin is less on an ebook than on a hard copy book. I'll pay extra for a kindle copy because it is more convenient. I'm not going to save money on a hard copy I don't want and then lug it around with me.
Ebooks have VAT, books don't. If you add VAT to the book price, it's £11.83. I guess someone just rounded it up. Still, I expect to pay less for a Kindle book and I'll be holding off buying until that's the case.
YET Another - big company rip-off ! Kindle is cheaper to produce; without question. As said before its the publisher who sets the price. DON'T BUY IT until it comes down. Plenty of other books to read in the meantime. lol
The reason is that Amazon knows this book will generate large sales. In order to secure sales for new releases of (physical) books, big companies like Amazon and supermarkets often decide to sell these books at a loss to themselves in order to entice customers into their shops for the first sales. This drives down the store price of these hard backs. Notice how regular, less-anticipated hardbacks are released at a price of around £15-20 - under £10 is ridiculous.
The ebook market is, for the time being, unaffected by this as where you buy an ebook is largely determined by which reader you own.
Don't think of it as an expensive ebook - it's a regularly priced ebook and a very cheap hardback.
I have the free sample on my Kindle and bought the hb for £10 ... I'm very happy and so far enjoying the book :) After all the full price was £20 ..... some people are never pleased ...... Stop moaning and go to the library then! Or read something else :p
I understand the frustration of kindle users but books are still great value for the amount of entertainment and pleasure they bring. £10-£12 is the price of a single movie ticket or a couple of pints at the pub.
You are three clicks away from Amazon to downloading a pirate copy. I don't blame people who do either given the exorbitant Kindle pricing but PLEASE stop filling up the review section. The book will, I think, invite enough one-star ratings as it is.
Kindle have been offering books with colour for a considerable period even though colour Kindle is still not available Many books that I would like to buy on kindle need the ability to read maps,the books I have downloaded the zoom has not been able to pick out Town/River names,a vital requirement in a lot of circumstances.